August 30, 2016

Keen baker and veterinarian Carla Goldman loves her new-build home in Fernville, and so do her vast array of pets! “I just love animals,” she says. “At the moment I have two dogs; a golden retriever called Missy and a cattle dog called Hilda. I often do temp care at home for animals through work, and the most I’ve had is a female dog and her eight puppies in my lounge room, with two of them on drips!

“I also have two ragdoll kittens, so it’s pretty busy around here.”

Carla says she built her home through Wisdom Homes, and describes the design and building process as a very positive experience.

“I wanted a four-bedroom home but something not too large, with room for me and all the pets!” she says.

“The floorplan is perfect for me, and I only tweaked it slightly from the original. It’s nice and open, with a separate office, different living areas and an outdoor alfresco.

“The front garden is geometric, neat and formal, just how I wanted it – I designed it and my dad created it for me. The best thing is, it hasn’t been ruined by the dogs, who run freely at the back where it’s more dog-proofed.

“I love the street too, everyone is so friendly. I see people while I’m out and stop for a chat, so it takes me much longer to walk the dogs than it used to!”

Carla, who works as a vet in McGraths Hill, is also a keen baker and says that baking is in her blood.

“I grew up baking cakes as a little kid in the country,” she says.

“My grandmothers and my mum were always baking, so I learned a lot from them.

They were always entering shows, so that was just something that was always on my radar.

“I’m a fourth-generation baker and I really enjoy competing, the whole process,” she says.

Carla, who moved into Vermont in September 2015, says her love of baking influenced how she designed her stylish kitchen, which has everything perfectly placed to make her work easier and more enjoyable.

“I really wanted a 900mm oven, and I also moved the window over a bit so I could have a glass splashback behind the stove top instead of having to clean the window all the time.

“I also needed lots of bench space and a really big pantry to keep all my cake tins, cooling racks and platters!”

Carla recently won first prizes in the Hawkesbury Show for her orange cake, carrot cake, lamingtons, health loaf, Anzac biscuits, gluten-free carrot cake and custard tart. She also won Most Successful Exhibitor.

She also entered the Royal Easter Show for the first time as an adult this year, and came away with two seconds and a third.

She says her mum Barbara, a long-time exhibitor and judge at the show, shares her recipes with her and encourages her to enter.

“Mum is usually fine about me using her recipes, but this year I beat her in the Royal Easter Show with my chocolate sponge cake, so I think she’s starting to mind!”

Photo by Belinda Walkom Photography

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